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Police: Video shows Decatur man stealing from same Walmart 4 days in a row

Police: Video shows Decatur man stealing from same Walmart 4 days in a row


DECATUR — A shoplifter who hit the same Decatur store four days in a row at similar times each day was arrested Monday afternoon, police said.

A collection of Decatur police sworn affidavits said the 34-year-old man stole from the Walmart store at 4625 E. Maryland St. at 9:13 p.m. Jan. 6, at 11:10 p.m. Jan. 7, at 9:18 p.m. Jan. 8 and finally 8:24 p.m. Jan 9.

Writing in the affidavits, police Officer Jason Danner said the man stole items ranging from electronic cookware to multiple pairs of jeans, for a total value of several hundred dollars.

A loss prevention officer at the store provided police with surveillance video detailing all four of the incidents. On the occasion of the last theft Jan. 9, the male loss prevention officer saw the man and tried to stop him as he left the store with an “Instant Pot” cooker, which Danner said was left behind while the man fled on foot. 

Danner said the man has a criminal record and had been successfully identified from the surveillance video. He was booked on four preliminary charges of committing retail theft while having prior theft convictions; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

The man remained in the Macon County Jail on Tuesday night in lieu of posting a total of $4,000 in bond, $1,000 for each charge.

If the man does make bail, he is barred from entering any Walmart.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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